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A CBT-based Mobile Intervention as First Line Treatment for Adolescent Depression During COVID-19

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04524598
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : August 24, 2020
Last Update Posted : August 16, 2021
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Limbix Health, Inc.

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE August 20, 2020
First Posted Date  ICMJE August 24, 2020
Last Update Posted Date August 16, 2021
Actual Study Start Date  ICMJE July 20, 2020
Estimated Primary Completion Date September 1, 2021   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: August 20, 2020)
Change in depressive symptoms [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline to Post treatment (5 weeks) ]
Change in depressive symptoms measured by Personal Health Questionnaire (PHQ-8) (min: 0; max: 24, with higher score indicating more severe depression).
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Change History
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: August 20, 2020)
  • Change in anxiety symptoms [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline to Post treatment (5 weeks) ]
    Change in anxiety symptoms measured by the Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7) scale (min: 0; max: 21, with higher score indicating more severe anxiety).
  • Change in parent report of child depressive symptoms [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline to Post treatment (5 weeks) ]
    Change in parent report of child depressive symptoms measured by the Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ) (min: 0; max: 26, with higher score indicating more severe depression)
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
 
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE A CBT-based Mobile Intervention as First Line Treatment for Adolescent Depression During COVID-19
Official Title  ICMJE Limbix Spark: A CBT-based Mobile Intervention as First Line Treatment for Adolescent Depression During COVID-19
Brief Summary Over 3 million teenagers in the USA have depression, and rates of depression and suicide are sharply increasing. Teenage depression has far-reaching consequences including impairments in academic and work performance and social and family relationships, substance abuse, and worsening of other health conditions, which can persist into adulthood. Access to mental health care for teenagers is limited due to a shortage of mental health providers and many teenagers and parents are reluctant to take antidepressants. COVID-19 and mandated physical and social distancing is expected to increase rates of teenage depression, and further limit access to traditional methods of care (e.g. psychotherapy). This highlights an urgent need to develop accessible, digital treatments for teenage depression to address the serious mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This fully virtual study (https://www.limbix.com/spark) will compare the relative safety, effectiveness, and engagement of a mobile application based on cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral activation (Limbix Spark), focusing on the idea that engaging in behaviors that are rewarding or provide a sense of mastery can be effective in reducing symptoms of depression. Limbix Spark will be compared to a mobile app containing educational material about depression (Psychoeducation).
Detailed Description

Depression in adolescence is a public health crisis, with incidence and suicide rates rising sharply over the past decade. The COVID-19 global pandemic, along with mandated social and physical distancing, is expected to have substantial repercussions on public mental health and exacerbate the mental health crisis among teens. Adolescents, a group with significant unmet mental health needs, are at risk during this time, as they are especially vulnerable to depression and suicidality following environmental stressors, trauma, and social isolation that are endemic to this global pandemic. With difficulties in receiving in person care magnified during social distancing, now more than ever, there is an immediate need for safe, accessible, and effective digital treatments for mental health disorders.

The proposed intervention is intended to increase access to mental health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study aims to evaluate the clinical effectiveness and safety of a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)- based digital treatment for adolescent depression (Limbix Spark) relative to psychoeducation. Limbix Spark implements behavioral activation (BA), a key CBT skill that provides a sense of pleasure or mastery through self-monitored activities to reduce depressive symptoms and improve functional outcomes.

Adolescents with depression (13-21 years old) across the country will be recruited to participate in a fully remote, clinical trial via https://www.limbix.com/spark. At an initial virtual visit, following informed consent, adolescents and parents (for those under 18) will fill out standardized questionnaires designed to measure symptoms of depression, anxiety, and general health. Participants will then download an app onto their mobile phone and be randomly assigned to one of two groups. One group will receive the Limbix Spark program and the other will receive the Psychoeducation program for 5 weeks. The Limbix Spark program is divided into 5 levels. Each level provides educational information about cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral activation, and interactive activities including mood tracking and activity scheduling. The Psychoeducation program is divided into 5 lessons. Each lesson covers a different topic about depression. During both 5 week programs, patients will also complete a weekly Patient Health Questionnaire, which is designed to measure depressive symptoms and also will report any negative side effects they may be experiencing. After 5 weeks, participants and legal guardians (for those under 18) will complete another set of standardized questionnaires designed to measure symptoms of depression, anxiety, and general health. Patients will also complete questionnaires asking them about their thoughts and experiences with the program they just completed. Lastly, a subset of patients and parents will be invited to complete a virtual interview to provide feedback on using the program.

The trial will be divided into two phases. The first phase will enroll 60 participants and participants will be randomized to either Spark and Control groups as described above. The second phase will enroll 175 participants and those randomized into the control group will be given access to the 5-week Spark intervention after completing the 5 weeks of control condition (control extension arm). Once completing the control extension arm, participants will complete a second set of post study questionnaires after 5 weeks.

All study participants that complete the 5-week Limbix Spark program and the post study questionnaires will be contacted and asked to consent to participation in the follow-up study. Only participants who did not opt-out to being contacted for future research will be contacted. This study will collect questionnaires from participants at any or all of the following time frames as indicated: 1-month, 3-month, and 6-month following completion of the Spark arm.

Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Not Applicable
Study Design  ICMJE Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition  ICMJE Depression
Intervention  ICMJE
  • Device: Limbix Spark
    The Limbix Spark program is divided into 5 levels. Each level provides educational information about cognitive behavioral therapy and interactive activities.
  • Other: Psychoeducation
    The Psychoeducation program is divided into 5 lessons. Each lesson covers a different topic about depression.
Study Arms  ICMJE
  • Experimental: Limbix Spark
    A 5 week CBT-based intervention
    Intervention: Device: Limbix Spark
  • Active Comparator: Psychoeducation
    5 weeks of psychoeducation about depression. Upon completion, participants will be automatically enrolled into the Limbix Spark CBT-based intervention
    Intervention: Other: Psychoeducation
Publications * Not Provided

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Active, not recruiting
Actual Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: August 9, 2021)
227
Original Estimated Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: August 20, 2020)
410
Estimated Study Completion Date  ICMJE September 30, 2021
Estimated Primary Completion Date September 1, 2021   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Between the ages of 13 and 21
  • Self-reported symptoms of depression
  • Will be residing in the USA for the duration of the 5-week study
  • Under the care of a US-based primary care and/or licensed mental healthcare provider and willing and able to provide the name and contact information of the provider during consent appointment.
  • English fluency and literacy of adolescent and consenting legal guardian if under 18
  • Access to a smartphone (iPhone 5s or later or running Android 4.4 KitKat or later) and regular internet access
  • Willing to provide informed e-consent/assent and have legal guardian willing to provide informed e-consent if under 18.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Self-reported lifetime suicide attempt or active self-harm or active suicidal ideation with intent
  • Have a diagnosis by a clinician of bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, or any psychotic disorder including schizophrenia
  • Incapable of understanding or completing study procedures and digital intervention as determined by participant, patient/legal guardian, healthcare provider, or clinical research team
Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE 13 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE Yes
Contacts  ICMJE Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE United States
Removed Location Countries  
 
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT04524598
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE Limbix Spark 02
Has Data Monitoring Committee No
U.S. FDA-regulated Product
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: Yes
Device Product Not Approved or Cleared by U.S. FDA: Yes
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: Yes
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE
Plan to Share IPD: No
Responsible Party Limbix Health, Inc.
Study Sponsor  ICMJE Limbix Health, Inc.
Collaborators  ICMJE Not Provided
Investigators  ICMJE
Principal Investigator: Jessica Lake, PhD Director of Research
Principal Investigator: Aarthi Padmanabhan, Phd Research Director
PRS Account Limbix Health, Inc.
Verification Date August 2021

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